Nimbus by Julia Wardell


January 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 18 rows = 2 inches
in 2x2 rib on smaller needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
135 - 195 yards (123 - 178 m)
Adult S/M or L/XL
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Nimbus means a luminous cloud or halo around a supernatural being or a large gray rain cloud. I designed this hat to have a cable crown to show the world your inner supernatural strength. Not only on the good days but also on the days when a gray rain cloud may be hovering over you.

This hat was designed on smaller needles to create a very dense fabric and fit snug when worn. I did this intentionally. It has been my personal experience with knit hats that they tend to stretch with time. The goal for having such tight stitches and a dense fabric is to try and keep this from happening. If you are a loose knitter and tend to go down a needle size, I do not recommend that with this particular pattern. If you are looking for a lighter and stretchy type of fabric then I recommend going up a needle size.


  • US Size 2 /2.75mm 16” Circular Needles (or size required for gauge)
  • US Size 4/ 3.5mm 16” Circular Needles (or size required for gauge)
  • US Size 4/ 3.5 mm DPN’s or longer cable for magic loop method when doing the crown shaping

This hat is knit holding two strands of yarns together. The green sample uses one strand of sport weight and one strand of fingering weight. Lighter hat sample was made with one strand of DK and one strand of Mohair Lace. One of the yarns used in both hats has mohair which adds a beautiful halo to the finished hat.

The green hat uses Pandia’s Jewels Snazzy Sport (80/20 SW Merino/ Nylon; 328yds/ 100g) in color Gray Pearl. And Pandia’s Jewels Nimbus Fingering Base (69/22/9 Silk/ Mohair/ Nylon 382yds/ 100g) in color Peppermint Mocha which is a seasonal color only offered once a year.

Lighter hat uses Pandia’s Jewels Dazzle DK (75/20/5 Merino/Nylon/Stellina; 231yds/ 100g) in color Rose Hips & Tea Cups. And Pandia’s Jewels Mohair Lace (70/30 Mohair/Nylon; 500yds/ 48g) in color Gray Pearl.

Both samples are an Adult S/M.

Yardage Used:

Green Hat (Short version)

  • Sport Weight: 135 (175) yds
  • Fingering Weight: 160 (180) yds

Lighter Hat (Long Version)

  • DK Weight: 170 (185) yds
  • Mohair Lace: 180 (195) yds

Please keep in mind that these are general yardage measurements. The amount of yardage required will change depending upon if you make the small or larger version and if you make your hat short or slouchy.


12 sts and 18 rows = 2” in 2x2 rib on smaller needles.

Finished Sizes:

Adult S/M (L/XL)
Finished Circumference Unstretched
17.25” (19.25”)


  • Knit/ Purl
  • Twisted German Cast On
  • Cables
  • Bobbles
  • Decreasing